A touch of success for borough rugby squads

A RUGBY team is celebrating bringing a touch of success to its club.

Rockcliff RFC’s Touch Rugby section have started their season with a series of successful tournaments.

Beginning in July with round one of the Scottish Touch Series (STS) at Stirling, the teams of Black Adders and Sage Touch Rugby joined forces to win the plate at Stirling.

It was the fifth year in a row the team made the journey to Stirling.

Captain Ben Peters Jones said: “The Touch Rugby is at a very high standard, far above what we are used to in the north east.”

Following on from the success at Stirling, both Black Adders and Sage played as individual teams in the eight-week Newcastle Falcons Touch Rugby League.

On the last night a depleted Black Adders finished second.

Team member Philip Wilson said: “Had we had our full strength team we would have probably taken first.

“Nevertheless the team fought hard, and we shouldn’t grumble with second.”

Last weekend saw the Newcastle Falcons Beach Touch Rugby Tournament take place on a dull and wet Tynemouth Long Sands.

With both Rockcliff teams taking part there was a bit of rivalry between the Black Adders and Sage Touch Rugby squads.

Black Adders came though the whole competition without a try being scored against them to win.

A club official said: “This is the second year in a row that we have won at Tynemouth.

“This year there were 25 teams from the north east and we have invited some along to our sessions on a Thursday night at Rockcliff for an hour from 6.30pm.”

This coming weekend will see the Rockcliff combined team take part in another round of the Scottish Touch Series at Glasgow.

Any teams or individuals who wish to play Touch Rugby are welcome to the sessions on a Thursday from 6.30pm at Rockcliff RFC, Lovaine Avenue in Whitley Bay.